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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship welcomes new minister

The Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (LCUUF) is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Matt Alspaugh as their new minister.

“I am very excited to be serving the Fellowship as its first professional minister,” says Rev. Alspaugh. “I’m also looking forward to working with the ministry team of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, Texas, to make this ministry successful.”

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The Houston church is a multi-site congregation, and will share some of its expertise and resources with LCUUF to establish this new ministry.

“We are absolutely delighted that the Reverend Alspaugh is joining us,” says Fred Harland, LCUUF Board President. “We are very much looking forward to his leadership.”

Rev. Alspaugh comes to LCUUF after serving the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, Ohio for eight years. Prior to that, he served as a chaplain resident at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School, the Unitarian Universalist seminary in Berkeley, California.

In his earlier career, Rev. Alspaugh worked in product and marketing management in a number of high technology startup firms in Colorado, and taught telecommunications at the University of Denver. Prior to that, he worked as a systems engineer at Bell Telephone Laboratories in New Jersey. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from University of Denver.

Liz Hill, Rev. Alspaugh’s partner of 25 years, writes fiction and offers spiritual direction. In his spare time, Alspaugh enjoys hiking, biking, learning to make music, and is committed to learning Spanish.

The LCUUF has existed since 2005 as a caring, liberal, open-minded community that encourages people to seek their own spiritual path.  It seeks to be a spiritual home where people respect each other’s different beliefs and come together as one faith, without religious creed or dogma. LCUUF is part of the Unitarian Universalist faith tradition.

Unitarian Universalist congregations are non-dogmatic and non-creedal, relying instead on a common belief in principles that include the affirmation of the worth and dignity of all people, respect for the individual’s pursuit of truth and meaning, and trust in the democratic process.

LCUUF is an English-speaking, lay-led fellowship that meets every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in Riberas del Pilar (between Chapala and Ajijic) in a wheelchair-accessible facility. The facility is located on the north side of the Carretera – Hidalgo 261 – directly across from the Catholic Church.

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